Illinois Weekly Crop Report
Published on July 30 2012 4:09 pm
Last Updated on July 30 2012 4:09 pm
Written by Greg Sapp
Above average temperatures and below normal precipitation persisted last week, with reports of small fast-moving showers throughout the state.
Statewide temperatures averaged 81.6 degrees, 6.6 degrees above normal. Precipitation totaled 0.31 inches across the state, 0.53 inches below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated at 85 percent very short and 15 percent short. Subsoil moisture was rated 86 percent very short and 14 percent short.
Some producers reported concerns of spider mites and are preparing to spray for them.
Corn doughed was at 58 percent, compared to 31 percent last year and the 5-year average of 32 percent. Corn dented was at 18 percent, compared to 2 percent last year and the 5-year average of 4 percent. Corn conditions were rated 38 percent very poor, 33 percent poor, 24 percent fair, and 5 percent good.
Soybeans blooming were at 95 percent, compared to 81 percent last year and the 5-year average of 75 percent. Sixty-one percent of the soybean crop is now setting pods, compared to 36 percent last year and the 5-year average of 36 percent. Soybean conditions were rated at 27 percent very poor, 29 percent poor, 35 percent fair, and 9 percent good.
Fifty-one percent of the sorghum crop is now headed and 8 percent is coloring. Oats harvested
increased to 88 percent while the third cutting of alfalfa increased to 53 percent complete. Pasture conditions were rated at 70 percent very poor, 25 percent poor, 4 percent fair, and 1 percent good.